When fans think of pioneers in the virtual reality (VR) industry, it’s the founding members of Oculus VR that usually come to mind, along with any developers that were first involved with head-mounted displays (HMD) such as the Oculus Rift. But many will also consider Mark Bolas, Director of the Mixed Reality Lab at the Institute for Creative Technologies and an Associate Professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, to have played a pivotal role in the technology over the past years. Next month will see Bolas speak out about VR during the FMX 2015 conference.
FMX 2015 takes place on 5th – 8th May in Stuttgart, Germany and places specific focus on VR and immersion technologies this year. Bolas will be talking about his work in VR, which includes DIY projects such as FOV2GO, VR2GO and the MxR Unity Package. He has been working in VR for the past three decades, having started a company known as Fakespace Labs, Inc. in 1988, which developed and sold VR hardware to research labs back before the technology could be considered consumer-ready. He will be discussing VR with FMX Associate Ken Perlin on stage.
Expect to see plenty more examples of leaders in the VR space step forward to host talks as the technology becomes more popular. After all, Oculus VR is no longer the only pioneer in the space; Sony Computer Entertainment and Valve have both made their own innovations with the Project Morpheus PlayStation 4 HMD and Steam VR system respectively.
VRFocus will continue to follow any and all VR events, reporting back with the latest updates.